It was a long day. Spine class, 3 doctors (ENT, internest, Ortho), nurses, blood/urine, EKG, etc.... My wife mentioned to the internest an item that was on a CT scan from a few years ago when I had kidney stones. Apparently I have a small amount of scarring on my lungs, possibly from all the anesthesia I had when I was little (when they used gas) and had over 20 surgeries. So, I have to go back on Tuesday for a pulmonary function test.
ENT surgeon said he will be there to do incision and move everything out of the way. Because I'm having c3-4, and c5-6-7, he will be making a 3-4 inch "S" shaped cut. Also, since I have a short, thick neck c3-4 might be difficult to get to, but they will do their best. He also said I will definately be intubated overnight, and not to plan on eating solids for 4 weeks.
Had 3 level ACDF C3-4, C5-7 in May 2012 for "severe" canal and foraminal stenosis
Good luck Vin. The good thing is that it sounds like they're being extremely thorough before your surgery. Prior to mine - done posteriorly, my endocrinologist had to examine & sign off. They also assigned me an internist who had to examine me & give clearance. He also followed me in the hospital. I like thoroughness- it makes things go so much smoother and helps should there be issues. All will be well.
good luck for your surgery, definatly sounds like the drs are taking good care of you and wow also having an ENT do the entry.........i have similiar issues to you .....compression of cord at 2 levels c4-c6.........rest of cervical a mess .....also lumbar a mess......,... some thoracic and all sacrum.......im needing fusions at cervical n lumbar
i no i would feel better with that level of thouroughness, especially as i have multi health probs
anyway hope your surgery goes really well and you have as good as recovery as can be
let us all no how you are when you are able
which thread is your mri report in and what if any symptoms have you got
Vin, it all starts getting real after the pre-op doesn't it? I wish you all the very very best for the surgery. Is yours the 15th? Mine's the 21st and much less involved than yours. I'll look forward to seeing how you get on, thank God for this board eh? Thinking of you x
Welcome to neck surgery reality, Vin. I also had all sorts of pulmonary tests as I also have lung damage and as a result, I had no gas this time....all IV anesthesia and they even put in an arterial BP monitor as part of watching everything. Did better this time than I have before with anesthesia.
And bringing in an ENT...great idea...means they take you very seriously.
This is why you go to places like HSS. It's why I drive all the way to Boston. We are making sure we survive...and it sounds like they are determined that you will survive. Don't sweat being out for 24 hours....it will feel like you've been out for a minute....just like any other surgery. Your wife will feel better knowing they are watching you for neck swelling that carefully.
Hang in there...................Jenny
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Good luck with your surgery! It sounds like they are covering all the bases, plus some and your in good hands. Do come back when you can and let us know how you are doing. I'm keeping you in my prayers! ~Hugs, Kenzi.
Hey Vin, yes, post-op makes it more real. I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. It does sound like all bases are being covered and you have great docs, and for that you must be grateful. Hopefully, you will be on here for the rest of the week, but if not, Good Luck and I look forward to seeing you back here when you're up to it. God Bless.
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